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Mombasa Road  ***

Classified as a A109 road, Mombasa Road is the main highway linking Kenya’s capital Nairobi, to the country’s second largest city and main port, Mombasa. As Nairobi has expanded, the Mombasa Road has seen rapid development, with investors finding expansive land on both sides of the road, especially between the Athi River junction and the city – a distance of 30KM. Over the last 7-8 years, developments along the Mombasa Road have included housing estates, office parks, manufacturing centres and leisure and entertainment spots. The housing estates along Mombasa road are middle income, but the offices are regarded as high end. Both national and international companies have built impressive headquarters drawn by the easy access to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is off the Mombasa Road before the Athi River junction. Estates neighbouring the road include; South C, Plainsview, Hazina, Imara Daima, Embakasi and Highway estate. These estates have an average of 300 houses. Mombasa Road also houses the industrial capital of the country, Industrial Area, and numerous Export Processing Zone facilities.

Location: The area stretching between the city and Athi River, on both sides of the road, make up the Mombasa Road area. The area is south of the City Centre and borders Nairobi National Park to the West and Industrial Area to the East. 

Types of Buildings: Housing estates built in the 1980’s and 1990’s dominate the area adjacent to the city. Further along the road, commercial buildings line the dual carriage highway. Most of these are relatively new. A few industrial parks intersperse with office parks and residential estates as you move towards the airport. Athi River and Kitengela are both gaining popularity as residential areas and are now seen as part of the Nairobi Metropolitan.

Population Density: High

Property values / trends: 2 years ago, an acre of land cost Kshs4 – 8 million, but the prices have sky-rocketed and an acre goes for between Kshs16–25 million depending on the location.

Area Zoning for Development: In spite of the mix of residents and manufacturing, Mombasa Road is relatively well planned. Most residential estates are within gated communities and rarely spill into the industrial zones, which are also within closed areas. 

Resident association: The business community falls under the ambit of the Nairobi Central Business District Association. Different estates have formed their own resident welfare associations. 

Security: Almost all high-rise buildings have private security arrangements. Areas within industrial area may be unsafe at night and carjackings are often reported in that area. Mombasa road could do with more police stations for security to improve. Due to the high speed cars along that road and the number of people using Mombasa road, the highway is notorious for road accidents. 

Transport & Road Networks: Mombasa Road has recently been expanded to 4 lanes on each carriageway. This has helped ease the traffic woes along that road, which has long been one of the city’s traffic blackspots. Several roads feed into Mombasa Road, bringing with them traffic from the housing estates and Industrial Area. There are plans to create by-passes, joining Mombasa Road to Thika Road and Mombasa Road to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. This will help decongest the usually busy highway.

Hotels: Star rated hotels are around the estates along Mombasa Road like Panari Hotel, Red Court Hotel at South C.

Hospitals: Mater in South B, Nairobi West Hospital, and St James Hospital in South C.

Educational Institutions: Highway Secondary School at and Kenya Institute Of Mass Communication both of South B, Kenya Institute of Management and Kenya Water Institute both in South C.

Shopping Centre & Amenities: Nakumatt Mega and Capital Centre and other smaller shopping joints.

Places Of Worship: International Christian Centre, Mavuno Worship, South C Mosque.

Useful Contacts/Links for the area:

St. James Hospital
020 606060

Nairobi West Hospital
Gandhi Avenue
Nairobi West
020 603723
020 609726

Mater Hospital
Mukeria Road
020 531199
020 556010
0722 828629

Riara Springs Academy
020 821059
0722 521692

Daystar University
Athi River
020 2723002

Shopping Centres & Amenities:
Capital Centre
South B

Nakumatt Mega
Nakumatt Embakasi

Red Court Hotel (South C)
Panari Centre / Hotel

Nairobi Industrial Area Police Station
020 557284